150 Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core

150 Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils

I’m back with another great deal on Prismacolors today: it’s the big honking set of 150 Prismacolor Premier Color Soft Core Pencils! This is pretty much the holy grail set for Prismacolor colored pencil afficionados: soft, creamy, rich pigments lay down smooth as butter on your surface of choice. The wax-based soft core makes blending and layering super easy, and you can use odorless mineral spirits (my favorites are the Mona Lisa and Gamsol) for fantastic blending abilities, turning your drawings into paintings.


Right now, this set is deeply discounted at Amazon, so snap it up … you won’t regret it!

Prismacolor has been the go-to brand for colored pencil artists in North America for several decades now, and for good reason. Let’s start with the fact that, like any good artist quality colored pencils, these pencils are extremely lightfast. And then there is the question of blending: while you can achieve great results with a smaller set due to the easy blendability, the range of colors in this set means that you will spend more time creating the art you love and less time blending colors to get the exact shade you want.

Note that this set does not include a colorless blender, but whether you need that depends on your art technique: as I alluded to above, I much prefer blending with OMS (Mona Lisa is what I have right now, but Gamsol is pretty much identical). If you do want/need a colorless blender, they are very cheap on Amazon as well. Check out the double-2-pack of Prismacolor Blender Pencils (yes, that’s four pencils, rather than just 2).

While working with the Premeirs, keep in mind that erasing is not going to be easy due to the rich pigmentation in these pencils. The best way to work is to start with the lighter colors and build up the intensity and depth of color as you go.

Pro tip #1: Storage: You can keep these in the gorgeous metal tin they come in (6 removable plastic trays), or, better yet, invest in some of the pastel storage boxes I reviewed in an earlier post. Those boxes allow you to have all the colors in plain sight, which makes it much easier when you are working on a more intricate piece of art.

Pro tip #2: Sharpening: Due to the soft cores (and occasionally not-quite-centered cores), you want to sharpen these pencils manually. Either use a hand-held sharpener like the Mobius & Ruppert Brass Round Double Hole Sharpener [use the larger hole] and rotate the sharpener while holding the pencil steady with your other hand, or, my favourite technique, use a craft knife to take off the wood casing around the core, then just gently rub the core on a sandpaper block to bring it to a nice point.

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Vacation Resistance

 

So here I am, in week 3 of a 4 week adventure in Europe. I should be loving it, and in some ways, I am.

However, I have to admit, I’m tired. Tired of walking around all day, every day. Tired of visiting yet another church or palace and ooh-ing and aah-ing about how some other part of the world, or someone in a different reality (royalty? clerics? powerful clerics?) lived.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the history lessons and the reminders that what we have today is ultimately the result of the choices made by so many others so long ago.

My brain, my body, my very psyche wants a break. Needs one, to be honest. I’d like to be like that woman up above, calmly contemplating my life, completely at peace.

Instead, despite 3 weeks of being away from any kind of work, it’s feeling like I’ve been working harder than ever. I can’t seem to get my brain to quiet down and just enjoy. So today is a rebellion day.

Here’s what I’m grateful for: the ability to refuse vacation mode, the choice to do absolutely nothing, to detox from all expectations including my own. Oh, yeah, and also comfy shoes, which mean a LOT less strain on my legs and feet!

These Wildflower sandals have great arch support, which is rare in sandal-type footwear, and makes these the comfiest thing to walk around in all day. Bonus, they are nice and wide, which is great for splay-footed folks like me! So much happier not having to always wear men’s hiking boots because those were the only footwear that *used* to be easily available that fit my feet! (Okay, I bought a half-size larger than I regularly wear, so maybe that’s a cheat!)

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